Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Update on the Fuzz Ball

I'm not sure if it's rebellion or just an overwhelming need to calm the chaos, but I've just slowed way down and really taken my time with this little wren. And completely and thoroughly enjoyed it as a result of that slowing down. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get a lot of time in on him. I've been spending waaay more time on the computer than I would like, and yet, I know that sometimes it's necessary.

He's beginning to look round like a butterball and he's becoming a little more substantial. I'm working in layers, gradually darkening as I go. I am using a myriad of browns, siennas, umbers, ochres, and a touch of sepia for some of the really dark areas on the wings and in the shadows. His tail feathers still need to be a bit darker as does the beak. I'm still working on his tummy and the wing. I wish he could sing - I love their song - and he could keep me company!  
 

5 comments:

  1. This is really coming along beautifully! So delicate and although it is very finely detailed, I can still sense the artist behind the brush.

    You mentioned in your last post of having to scrub out the beak 3 times. I looked as closely as I could but saw no sign of it. The beak is as smooth and sharp as if you'd kept your first attempt. What is your secret to not destroying the paper when you have to scrub something out multiple times? When I try to do that, you can tell!!!

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  2. He is exquisite! You've captured that "wrenny" feel with his posture, eyes and bill!!

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  3. You rebel well, my dear! This is a gorgeous little bird. I admire your patience and care to create a truly beautiful result!

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  4. Gabrielle, thanks for stopping by! I'll do a post tonight on tools that I use to lift color without destroying the paper.

    Thank you, Kelly, I think he looks kind wrenny too! :•)

    Thanks, Donna, not sure where this patience is coming from but I'll take it while it lasts!

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  5. Slowing down and working in gradual layers is rewarding you... this is just exquisite. I'm in awe. So clean, so detailed... the colors are soft, yet bright. Wonderful!

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